Akira Kurosawa

“If you shut your eyes to a frightening sight, you end up being frightened. If you look at everything straight on, there’s nothing to be afraid of.”

“Narrative in films normally depends on dialogue, but I find this boring. I try to remove unnecessary dialogue. If you watch early silent films you can appreciate this. I still like watching silent films. And when I’m making a film I try to imagine what a scene would be like if it were silent and I try to leave out unnecessary dialogue.”

-Akira Kurosawa (1910 – 1998)


Search for yourself

I did a search for my e-mail address and discovered that Amazon.com had posted a review that I submitted. I also found a brief article I sent to Unmarried.org Who knows what you might find out about yourself, too. I also searched for Dedwarmo and found some other things. It’s easier to find your own things if you have used a screen name that is likely to be unique. I have yet to find another Dedwarmo on the web.

Edit: The link to Unmarried.org is broken.

You must travel to the American West

It doesn’t get interesting until you get to Oklahoma and then it’s still pretty boring until you get to New Mexico and Arizona. New Mexico, Arizona and California make up for it though. Once I was in Arizona and eastern California, I was enthralled by the vast emptiness of space and lack of vegetation. Texas is pretty interesting for me, too. Parts of northern Texas are flatter than any place I’ve ever seen, except for a 60 mile stretch of I-80 in Utah that crosses part of the Great Salt Lake Desert.

As much as I’ve driven out west I still feel like I haven’t even begun to see the wonders of the desert. I still haven’t seen Monument Valley, Arches National Monument, Bryce Canyon, Meteor Crator, Grand Canyon. It’s definitely worth it. If I could manage to get 10 days off work, I’d go. Even if you don’t stop at a single tourist trap or take a tour, the scenery you see from the interstate is spectacular. From my home in Greensboro, NC to Flagstaff, AZ is 2007 miles (all I-40), then from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon is about 130 miles. I could get there in about 3 1/2 days and then I’d spend a day there, then drive back and take a day to recouperate. That’s driving about 600 miles a day or driving 10 hrs a day. It’s not as hard as it sounds. I wouldn’t want to fly out to see the Grand Canyon, because for me driving is 75% of the fun. (Air conditioning makes the trip much more comfortable in the hot months.)

There’s just something about pulling up to a gas station where there are no other buildings between it and the horizon in any direction. It makes you feel really small and you get a hint at how big the Earth is.

That just ain’t natural

Where does civilization stop and wilderness begin? What is natural and what is artificial? If all things are made of protons electrons and neutrons, then what is the difference between natural and artificial. Humans build things. We call those things artificial. Things that are not built by humans we call natural. What about a beaver dam. It was built. Is smog natural? It changes the make up of the atmosphere and makes it more difficult for mammals to breathe. But the natural world is made of things that can kill humans, such as snake venom, spideer poison, certain kinds of mushrooms and plants. Seventy percent of the world is covered with water that humans cannot drink. Yet the world is teaming with life. We depend on living things for our food and often our shelter. Even petroleum comes from living things. We still haven’t figured out how to create life. We can only manipulate that which is already alive.

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